Nicholas Winfrid "Win" Germain (1925 - 2017)

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N. Win Germain left this world to be with his wife of 62 years, Margaret Germain, for eternity with our Lord on July 7, 2017 surrounded by several of his children and the loving support of the Juneau Pioneers' Home. Win was a very special husband, loving father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was born April 11, 1925 in Aberdeen Washington, the first son of Nicholas Winfrid Germain Sr & Mary Eunice (Russell) Germain.
Following his service in the US Navy in Hawaii, Win married Margaret "Maggie" (Ellis) Germain on June 28, 1952 and graduated from St. Martin's College in Olympia, WA. They started their family in Olympia where their two oldest daughters were born. In 1956, Win was offered a job with the Territory of Alaska, which brought them to Douglas. Over the next ten years, they had eight more children. They lived happily in Douglas for 59 years until Maggie's death in 2015.
Upon his retirement from the State of Alaska in 1976, Win began a new career in real estate, eventually opening Douglas Realty. His care and compassion led him to drive for Care-a-Van and deliver communion to Wildflower Court, Juneau Pioneers' Home, and the homebound. He worked at the Eaglecrest Ski Area where he finally learned to ski at age 50. Win was involved with the Alaskan Brewing Company from the beginning, volunteering on the bottling line. One of his favorite jobs was hosting tours and welcoming guests in their tasting room.
Win enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, traveling and was an avid reader. He was active in the Catholic Church, Elks Club, Toastmasters, , Territorial Sportsman, the Douglas Volunteer Fire Department, and member of Knights of Columbus. Above all, Win was a loving father who was involved with his children; he taught them to care about others and instilled in them a love for the outdoors.
Win is survived by his ten children: Mary Kay Germain of Yakutat, Patty Germain of Bellingham, WA, Becky Germain of Girdwood, Nicki Germain (John Stone) of the S/V Seychelles, Margie Germain of Douglas, Christy Johnson (Larry) of Wainwright, Debbie Germain of Juneau, Greg Germain (Kristy) of Juneau, Fran Germain of Seattle, WA, Tom Germain (JoDee Johnson) of Juneau; grandchildren Stacey Davis & Stephanie Oltmann, Scott Barnkow (Grace) & Monika Barnkow, Mathew Mielke & Renai Mielke, Molly Antrim & Derek Antrim (Tamara), Chris Briggs (Jodi), David Johnson (Laura), Rene House (Larry) & Bryan Hull, Patrick Lumba (Jaclyn) & Catie Lumba, Madeline Germain & Dori Germain, Nitara Schreiner & Haddy Njie, Casey Germain, Wendy Germain-Toupin (Chris) & John Germain (Megan); 22 great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and numerous friends.
He is also survived by his sister Catherine Germain of Elma, WA; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Mary Zembrycki, Hildred Bunch, Helen Pacana, Eunice Good, and his brother Lawrence "Russ" Germain.
Services will be held Monday, July 31, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There will be a Rosary at 6:00pm followed by a Remembrance at 6:30pm. We encourage the community to come and share their memories of Win with the family. A potluck reception will follow at St. Ann's Hall at 7:00pm. Beverages will be provided. A funeral mass will be on Tuesday, August 1 at 9:00am at the Cathedral followed by a private family interment at the Shrine of St. Therese Columbarium. Donations may be made to the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary or the Juneau Chapter of the . Flowers may be sent to the Cathedral. Condolences may be sent to PO Box 240243, Douglas, AK 99824.
Published in The Juneau Empire from July 24 to Aug. 23, 2017
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